US IA: OPED: Cannabis Has Given My Son A Gift


Imagine having a child with a diagnosis so rare that genetic researchers in three states ask your family to participate in medical research because they are officially learning from your child.  Imagine having a child with neurological storms that no one caught until permanent brain damage had already been done.  Imagine having a child so sick that the doctors you trusted come to your child’s hospital bed and tell you that they don’t know how to help you and have to send you elsewhere for help.  Imagine being pulled into a private room and being encouraged to try cannabidiol.  Imagine being so desperate to help your child and worrying if doing what is best for your child will make you a “criminal.”

When you have a sick child, you find yourself in a battle to find the right team of specialists that can best manage their particularly rare set of circumstances.  We never imagined we would have to fight for our child’s legal right to have his medicine.  Especially when the recommendation came from his neurologist.  Our situation in Iowa is hypocritical and cruel at best.

My zip code should not dictate what medicines my child can access, nor should it dictate which representatives respond to our needs.  My family should not have to concern themselves with breaking federal law to get a medicine that Iowa law says we deserve.  Yet, many of our legislators continue to block access to cannabis oil.

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